Millennium Media has announced that Hellboy is being rebooted yet again in a new movie titled Hellboy: The Crooked Man, and it’s looking to expand the character’s world “through one of the comedy series’ most beloved numbers.”
As reported by Deadline, Crank director Brian Taylor will helm the new film and, perhaps most excitingly for fans, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola wrote the screenplay alongside Chris Golden. This will be Mignola’s first time writing a script for a Hellboy movie.
The Hellboy: The Crooked Man comic was released in July 2008 alongside Hellboy II: The Golden Army and finds Hellboy teaming up with a recruit from the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense after getting “stranded in rural Appalachia in the 1950s. There, they discover a small community haunted by witches, led by a local demon with a disturbing connection to Hellboy’s past: the Twisted Man.
For those wishing to know more about The Crooked Man, he was, at least in the comics, an “18th century miser and war profiteer named Jeremiah Witkins who was hanged for his crimes but returned from hell in as the resident devil of the region”.
“The Crooked Man is a departure from all previous Hellboy films where Mike Mignola and the creator of the comics will finally direct an authentic version of his stories and characters in film form,” said Millennium Media President Jeffrey Greenstein, who is at the EFM in Berlin. talk to potential distributors of the project. “This is the first in a series of films that will captivate audiences in familiar (and new) ways. Brian Taylor is an expert in all areas, and I couldn’t think of a better person to bring this story to life. in order to show our audience this different and original Hellboy movie list.
Hellboy’s last trip to the big screen came in 2019 with David Harbor taking on the iconic role. In our Hellboy Reviews, we said, “Hellboy returns in this ungodly mess of a reboot, which is marred by terrible CGI and a poorly executed story.”
Ron Perlman starred in Hellboy in 2004 and Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008, and he said he would be willing to do Hellboy 3 even though he claims he is too old. Hellboy 3 could have reunited Perlman and director Guillermo del Toro once again, but it never happened.
To find out more, check out the details at the upcoming Hellboy Web of Wyrd game, And why we think Dark Horse’s Hellboy Saga is an unprecedented achievement.
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